Glasgow Warriors make four changes for Dragons match

Oli Kebble and Adam Ashe return from injury to bolster pack

Niko Matawalu is back in the Glasgow team to play Dragons. Image: ©INPHO/Craig Watson.

GLASGOW Warriors have made four changes to their starting line-up for tomorrow’s PRO14 match against the Dragons, two in the backs and two in the pack. 

Glenn Bryce, who came off the bench in the team’s  17-13 win against Cardiff two weeks ago, begins at full-back instead of  Ruaridh Jackson, while Niko Matawalu replaces Rory Hughes on the left wing. Up front, Oli Kebble is back after injury and takes over from Alex Allan at loosehead prop, while in the back row Adam Ashe, who also missed the Blues game through injury, comes in for Bruce Flockhart at blindside.

Allan and Jackson drop to the bench, with loosehead replacement George Thornton missing out from last time. Andrew Davidson is the lock substitute in place of Tim Swinson, who has a head injury. Ali Price, Sean Kennedy, Lee Jones, Jale Vakaloloma and Siua Halanukonuka are the others on the injury list. 

“Niko has been bouncing out of his skin to play since he came back,” Warriors head coach Dave Rennie said in a press release to announce the team. “He brings a lot of energy and we’re looking forward to seeing him back out there.

“Glenn is also back in – he’s looking really sharp with ball in hand and we want to make sure he’s in the game a lot. It’s good to have Adam back in too – we’d planned to start him against the Scarlets, but he suffered a concussion in the build-up. We’re well aware of the challenge ahead at Rodney Parade. They’re a handful, a tough pack with genuine game-breakers out wide.”

Dragons and Glasgow are fourth and fifth respectively in Conference A, both having won one and lost two of their three matches to date.  Ollie Griffiths returns to the home team’s back row, having been out since the first match of the season. He starts at No 8 in place of the injured Lewis Evans, while the other change to the team from the loss to Connacht two weeks ago sees Jack Dixon return at centre.

Glasgow Warriors (v Dragons at Rodney Parade, Saturday 3pm): G Bryce; K Steyn, N Grigg, S McDowall, N Matawalu; B Thomson, N Frisby; O Kebble, G Stewart, A Nicol, R Harley, K McDonald, A Ashe, C Gibbins (captain), M Fagerson. Subs: J Matthews, A Allan, D Rae, A Davidson, C Fusaro, J Dobie, H Jones, R Jackson.

Dragons: J Williams; O Jenkins, A Warren, J Dixon, A Hewitt; S Davies, R Williams (captain); B Harris, R Hibbard, L Brown, J Davies, M Screech, H Taylor, T Basham, O Griffiths. Subs: R Lawrence, J Reynolds, L Fairbrother, M Williams, J Benjamin, L Baldwin, A Robson, T Morgan.

Referee: G Clancy (Ireland).


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